Imbued with an appearance of scientific rationality, Conrad Shawcross’ sculptures explore subjects that lie on the borders of geometry and philosophy, physics, and metaphysics. Inspired by different technologies, the artist's structures may retain in appearance the authority of machines – yet, they remain enigmatic, filled with paradox and wonder. Some have an absurdist melancholy feel, while others tend to the sublime, substituting the purely functional for the phenomenological experience. Ultimately, Shawcross’s art questions what we take for granted and encourages us to see beyond the physical.
Shawcross was born in 1977 in London, where he currently lives and works. Major exhibitions and commissions for 2020 include Escalations, a solo exhibition at Chateau La Coste, Provence, France, where the artist’s monumental new commission Schism (Château La Coste) will be on view; Pioneering Places, a major public artwork for Ramsgate Royal Harbour, UK; and an exhibition to mark the 800th anniversary of Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire, UK.